Childcare Subsidy Eligibility - Montessori

Number of Children in Childcare

If you have more than one child aged 5 or younger in childcare, you may get a higher Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

You can get the higher subsidy if all of these apply:

  • You get or will be eligible for CCS
  • Your family’s combined income is under $362,408
  • You have more than one CCS eligible child aged 5, or younger
  • Your higher rate child or children are using childcare.

You’ll continue to get your standard CCS percentage for your ‘standard rate child’ (usually the eldest child) and any children aged 6 or above.

For the ‘higher rate child’ (usually your younger eligible child or children), you can get a 30% higher subsidy. This is a 30% increase on your standard CCS percentage. Centrelink will cap this at a maximum of 95%.

Combined Household Income

The Child Care Subsidy percentage your family is entitled to depends on your family’s combined household income.

Your family’s combined
Household Income
From 10th of July 2023
Child Care Subsidy Percentage
$0 to $80,00090%
$80,000 to below $280,000Between 90% and 50%
The percentage goes down by 1% for every $5,000 of income your family earns
$280,00050%
$280,000 to below $530,000Between 50% and 0%
The percentage goes down by 1% for every $5,000 of income your family earns
$530,000 or more0%

Centrelink withholds 5% of your Child Care Subsidy payments to accommodate for any changes to your expected and combined household income. This helps to reduce the likelihood of you getting an overpayment.

Activity Levels

The Child Care Subsidy percentage your family is entitled to also depends on your family’s activity levels.

Recognised activities include

  • Paid work including being self employed
  • Paid or unpaid leave, including paid or unpaid parental or maternity leave
  • Unpaid work in a family business
  • Unpaid work experience or unpaid internship
  • Actively setting up a business

They can also include any of these

  • Doing an approved course of education or study
  • Doing training to improve work skills or employment prospects
  • Actively looking for work
  • Volunteering
  • Other activities on a case by case basis
Fortnightly Activity LevelsHours of Subsidised Childcare Each Fortnight
Less than 8 hours0 hours if you earn above $80,000
24 hours if you earn $80,000 or below
36 hours – Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child, regardless of family activity
More than 8 to 16 hours36 hours
More than 16 to 48 hours72 hours
More than 48 hours100 hours

Hourly Fee Cap

The amount of Child Care Subsidy you can get depends on the type of approved childcare you use. It also depends on the age of your child.

The 2023–24 hourly rate caps for each care type are outlined below.

All Montessori Academy childcare centres are eligible for the Centre Based Day Care Fee Cap which is an allowance of $13.73 per hour for children under school age, or $12.02 for school age children (from 10th July 2023).

Type of ChildcareHourly rate cap for children below school ageHourly rate cap for school age children
Centre Based Day Care i.e. Montessori Academy Childcare Centres$13.73$12.02
Outside School Hours Care – before, after and vacation care$13.73$12.02
Family Day Care$12.72$12.72
In Home Care$37.34 per family$37.34

Further Information

From 10 July 2023, the Australian Government will be increasing Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rates for families. These changes contribute to making childcare more affordable, and expand the eligibility criteria, ensuring that more families can access the support they need.

All parents want to ensure that their children receive the very best early education and care when they’re not around, which is where day-care comes in. The Australian Government supports many working families with a Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Read on to find out how to apply for Child Care Subsidy.

The NSW Start Strong Affordable Preschool fee relief program provides up to $2,110 in savings per year for children aged 3 years or older. All NSW families are eligible regardless of Citizenship or residency status. Learn more about how to claim this benefit at Montessori Academy.

From 10 July 2023, the Australian Government will be increasing Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rates for families. These changes contribute to making childcare more affordable, and expand the eligibility criteria, ensuring that more families can access the support they need.

All parents want to ensure that their children receive the very best early education and care when they’re not around, which is where day-care comes in. The Australian Government supports many working families with a Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Read on to find out how to apply for Child Care Subsidy.

The NSW Start Strong Affordable Preschool fee relief program provides up to $2,110 in savings per year for children aged 3 years or older. All NSW families are eligible regardless of Citizenship or residency status. Learn more about how to claim this benefit at Montessori Academy.